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Railways for Ever!
Railways for Ever!

Railways for Ever! 1970

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Railways for Ever! 1970

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Prouting

11 August 1968 is a highly significant date in British railway history, marking the official end of regular mainline steam operation. As we see the last steam train crossing the Pennines and hear the Edwardian music-hall song ‘Watching The Trains Go Out’, Sir John Betjeman begins to reminisce. His nostalgic verse and prose recall the great trains of old and look forward to railways for ever as he moves through a photographic exhibition in Kingsway.

Directed by

Norman Prouting

Featuring

John Betjeman

Genres

Documentary

Collection

Railways on Film Romance of Rail Most Popular Free 2016

Released

1970

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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